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Dr Jeff McNeill

Senior Lecturer in Resource & Environmental Planning

School of People, Environment and Planning

Jeff coordinates and lectures environmental management policy and planning to undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with a particular focus on New Zealand. He comes to academia after 23 years as a policy analyst, manager and consultant in local and central government. He draws on this experience in his research and teaching.


Roles and Responsibilities

Massey Board member, European Union Centres Network New Zealand

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 x83639
    Location: 5.2, Social Sciences Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography - University of Canterbury (1980)
  • Master of Arts in Geography - University of Canterbury (1982)
  • Master of Public Policy - Victoria University of Wellington (1994)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2008)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Environmental governance in New Zealand and Nordic countries
  • Research project: 'After the RMA: environmental governance for New Zealand in the Twenty-first Century'
  • the future of regional government

Research Opportunities

  • Environmental governance for New Zealand

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Environmental Sciences (050000):
Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504):
Other Environmental Sciences (059900):
Urban and Regional Planning (120500)

Keywords

Jeff is an experienced researcher and public policy analyst who has worked in European Union, and New Zealand central and local government institutions. He has particular strengths in New Zealand and European environmental science and policy, and local government.

Jeff has a thorough understanding of natural resource management legislation and policy, and as a policy analyst and manager has been responsible for preparation of statutory regional plans under the Resource Management Act and other legislation. His doctoral studies examined the efficacy of New Zealand's environmental management under the Resource Management Act, with particular regard to regional councils.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs

Journal

McNeill, JK. (2016). Different meanings of ‘nature’ for New Zealand’s conservation institutions. Policy Quarterly. 12(1), 3-9 Retrieved from http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, J. (2016). Scale Implications of Integrated Water Resource Management Politics: Lessons from New Zealand. Environmental Policy and Governance. 26(4), 306-319
[Journal article]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Mukherjee, N., Hugé, J., Sutherland, WJ., Mcneill, J., Van Opstal, M., Dahdouh-Guebas, F., . . . Koedam, N. (2015). The Delphi technique in ecology and biological conservation: Applications and guidelines. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6(9), 1097-1109
[Journal article]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Mcneill, J., Cheyne, C., & Summers, R. (2013). Spatial dimensions of New Zealand's environmental management. New Zealand Geographer. 69(2), 136-149
[Journal article]Authored by: Cheyne, C., McNeill, J., Summers, S.Edited by: Cheyne, C.
McNeill, JK. (2012). Landscapes, identities and development. Australian Planner. 49(4), 369-371
[Journal article]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Reid, M., Scott, C., & McNeill, J. (2006). Strategic Planning under the Local Government Act 2002: Towards Collaboration or Compliance?. Policy Quarterly. 2(2), 18-25 Retrieved from http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/publications/publications/show/174
[Journal article]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2005). Process and Participation in the European Parliament: the F-Gas Directive. Asia-Pacific Journal of EU Studies. 3(1-2), 7-27
[Journal article]Authored by: McNeill, J.

Book

McNeill, JK. (2016). The Foot. In N. Legat (Ed.) Journal of Urgent Writing. (pp. 193 - 205). : Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: McNeill, J.
mcneill, J. (2016). Regional councils: Local government as environmental managers. In J. Drage, & C. Cheyne (Eds.) Local Government in New Zealand - Challenges & Choices. (pp. 259 - 271). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore Publishing Ltd
[Chapter]Authored by: McNeill, J.Edited by: Cheyne, C.
McNeill, JK. (2015). The state that reinvented itself: New Zealand’s transition to the market competition state. In M. Keating, & H. Baldersheim (Eds.) Small States in the Modern World: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities. (pp. 165 - 182). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: McNeill, J.
(2013). Along a Fault-Line: New Zealand's Local Government Landscape. (Vol. 65): SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
[Edited Book]Authored by: Cheyne, C., McNeill, J.Edited by: Cheyne, C., McNeill, J.
Local Futures Research Project, .(2011). Strategic Planning under the Local Government Act 2002: Theory and Practice. Wellington: IPS
[Authored Book]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Bramley, M., & McNeill, J. (2011). Up the River and Down the Creek: in-stream ecological values and property rights under the RMA. In K. Bosselmann, & V. Tava (Eds.) Water Rights and Sustainability. Auckland: New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law
[Chapter]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Local Futures Research Project, . (2006). Local Government, Strategy and Communities. Wellington: Institute of Policy Studies
[Monograph]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK.Reconstructing or Reconceptualising Local Government. In J. Drage, J. McNeill, & C. Cheyne (Eds.) Along a Fault Line: New Zealand's Changing Local Government Landscape. (pp. 221 - 228). Palmerston North: Dunmore
[Chapter]Authored by: McNeill, J.Edited by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, J.Deciding at the Right Level: Regions, Councils and Legitimacy. In J. Drage, J. McNeill, & C. Cheyne (Eds.) Along a Fault-line: New Zealand's Changing Local Government Landscape. Palmerston North: Dunmore
[Chapter]Authored by: McNeill, J.Edited by: McNeill, J.

Thesis

McNeill, JK. (2008). The Public Value of Regional Government: how New Zealand's regional councils manage the environment. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: McNeill, J.Edited by: Cheyne, C.

Report

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, .(2009). Meat: The Future - Opportunities and challenges for the New Zealand sheep meat and beef sector over the next 10 to 15 years. Wellington: MAF
[Technical Report]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Cheyne, C., Peace, R., Johnston, K., & McNeill, J.(2006). Summary Report: Facilitation of Central Government Engagement in the Community Outcomes Process Formative Evaluation Phase 1: Report for Department of Internal Affairs. Palmerston North: Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK.(2004). Proposal to Create a Fund for Community-based Biodiversity Projects: Unpublished report for the Ministry of Economic Development. Palmerston North
[Technical Report]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK.(2004). Increasing New Zealand's Influence in the European Union: challenges and opportunities at the European Parliament. Palmerston North: publicpolicy.co.nz
[Technical Report]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK.(2004). Inside the Caprice des Dieux: NCRE European Parliament Spring 2004 Internship - Trip Report. Christchurch: NCRE
[Technical Report]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK.(2004). Taking the Pulse: Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Profile. Palmerston North: Horizons Regional Council
[Technical Report]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, J.(2003). Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Profile: Proposed Framework and Indicator Choice. Report for Horizons Regional Council. Palmerston North: publicpolicy.co.nz
[Technical Report]Authored by: McNeill, J.

Conference

Ross, JM., McNeill, J., & Cheyne, C.Revisiting the role of social justice in planning: New Zealand’s neo-liberal market experience of planning for housing. . Queens University, Belfast
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Cheyne, C., McNeill, J., Ross, J.
McNeill, JK. (2017, April). Lost victory: the New Zealand vivision in the Battle of Messines, June 1917. Presented at The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its legacy Symposium. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, RG., McNeill, JK., & Canny, SF. (2017). Ground station development at Awarua, New Zealand. In C. Cruzen, M. Schmidhuber, YH. Lee, & B. Kim (Eds.) Space Operations: Contributions from the Global Community. (pp. 311 - 330). : 2016 International Conference on Space Operations
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, RG., Canny, SJ., & McNeill, JK.Managing expectations for ground station development at Awarua, New Zealand. SpaceOps 2016 Conference.
[Conference]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2015, November). Composition of opposing forces, II ANZAC sector, Battle of Messines, 1917. Presented at New Zealand Historical Association Conference. Christchurch.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK.NPM regional government a quarter century on: Assessing New Zealand regional councils’ performance. . Toulouse, France
[Conference Paper]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2014). Just like real life collaborative planning experiential learning and a class consultancy. In M. Imran, J. Ross, & I. Luxmoore (Eds.) Planning, Politics and People Proceedings of the Australia & New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference. (pp. 53 - 57). : Planning, Politics and People. Australia & New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2014, May). Regional futures in small states: changing regional governments in Scandinavia and New Zealand. Presented at European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2014, January). Reflections of a Test Rabbit: the NPM ‘New Zealand Experiment. Presented at 5th Annual International Conference on Democracy as Idea and Practice. Oslo, Norway.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2014, January). Local government representation, democracy and legitimacy. Presented at 5th Local Elections Research Symposium. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2013). The legitimacy of IWRM Scale Politics: Lessons from New Zealand. European Consortium Political Research General Conference Proceedings. (pp. 1 - 18). : European Consortium Political Research General Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2013, September). It was always the economy, stupid: the GFC as an alibi for local government business as usual. Presented at Policy & Politics Conference. Bristol.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Gifford, A., & McNeill, JK. (2012, November). Activity or effects based non-point pollution management: New Zealand and Europe. Presented at EUCN Conference. Hamilton.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Place, L., & McNeill, J. (2012). How well do regional councils manage risk to farm assets in highly dynamic environments?. In New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes: Book of Abstracts(pp. 109 - 109). , New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, J. (2012). The regional paradox: New Zealand‟s regional government experiment. In New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes: Book of Abstracts(pp. 99 - 99). , New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes: Book of Abstracts. Conference: Connecting Landscapes New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes: Book of Abstracts.
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2012, December). Means and ends: Managing nonpoint agricultural pollution in Germany and New Zealand. Presented at The EU in Our World. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, J. (2012, December). The regional paradox: New Zealand's regional government experiment. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes. Napier, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Place, L., & McNeill, J. (2012, December). How well do regional councils manage risk to farm assets in highly dynamic environments?. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes. Napier, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK., & Ojanen, M., .Deciding in the Shadow of Hierarchy: the EU's influence on Baltic State Environmental Policy. . Waikato University
[Conference Other]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, J., Holland, JD., & Summers, R. (2010, July). Identifying regions for managing new Zealand's environment. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Holland, J., McNeill, J., Summers, S.
Bramley, M., & McNeill, JK.Up the River and Down the Creek: in-stream ecological values and property rights under the RMA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK., Reid, M., & Scott, C.(2008). Planning the future: New Zealand local governments, communities and Long Term Council Community Plans.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK., & Holland, J.(2007). How low can you go? Perceptions of New Zealand's multi-layer environmental governance.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: McNeill, J.
Scott, C., & McNeill, JK.(2006). Community Strategic Planning and the Pursuit of Whole of Government Outcomes.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: McNeill, J.

Other

McNeill, JK. (2012, February). Rethinking environmental governance for New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2012, February). Rethinking subnational institutions.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: McNeill, J.
McNeill, JK. (2009). Acts and deeds. (pp. 6 - 7).
[Other]Authored by: McNeill, J.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • German
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average
  • French
    Last used: 2016
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Average

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 2 2

Teaching

Jeff enjoys teaching, emphasising experiential learning to develop students' subject comprehension and critical thinking, but also to encourage situational leadership.

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Joanna Ross - PhD
    Beyond Compact: Planning spatially inclusive residential environments

CoSupervisor of:

  • Jermi Melkias Haning - PhD
    Incorporating Developing Countries’ Customary Fisheries Management in Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs): Rote Island, Indonesia
  • Syed Ali - PhD
    The role of environmental assessment in statutory decision-making for large-scale infrastructure projects: A case study of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (New Zealand)

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Suryani Eka Wijaya - PhD
    Multi-level tensions in transport policy and planning: bus-rapid transit (BRT) in Indonesia
  • 2014 - Karen Marie Johnston - PhD
    Planning for a Night Out: Local Governance, Power and Night -Time in Christchurch, New Zealand

Media and Links

Media

  • 27 Jan 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    A modest proposal to secure John Key's legacy
    Opinion piece
  • 26 Aug 2016 - Newspaper
    Our increasingly threatened biodiversity
    Op-ed
  • 18 Mar 2016 - Newspaper
    Wading into Water Politics
    Op-ed: wadeable freshwater standards. Dominion newspaper

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